April 26, 2019
4/25/19 By: Phillip Mueller
Game 7 was a faceoff between the Knights and the Sharks that solidified a rivalry that’s been building. The Knights started out a minute 58 into the game with a Colin Miller hooking call to put the Sharks on a early power play. The Knights PK held the Sharks to no shots. 19 seconds after the Knights came through on the PK McNabb was called for a weak crosscheck to put the Sharks right back on the power play. The Knight’s PK and Marc-Andre Fleury came through in a team effort to kill off the penalty. Just over 10:00 into the 1st, William Karlsson scored on a nice little chip-in goal assisted by Reilly Smith and Jonathon Marchessault. The Knights went on their first PP of the game but momentum was cut short by Tuch with an interference on Braun. It was weak call as Tuch was getting back on sides a barely bumped Braun. The Sharks took their time with the puck on the 4 on 4 to get to their power play. The Knights PK came through again. The Period ended 1-0 Knights.
The second period rolled on back and forth until just over 6 minutes in Reaves would get 2 for tripping Martin Jones out of the crease. The Knights PK came through for the 4th time in the night. at the 10 minute mark of the 2nd Cody Eakin came through with a goal assisted by his defenseman Theodore and McNabb to put the Knights up 2-0. The goal came from what looked to be a high stick but was reviewed ruled a good goal by Toronto. The Knights held the lead into the 3rd.
The Knights got an early goal 3:36 into the 3rd period. The goal came from Pacioretty assisted by Mark Stone. At 9:13 Cody Eakin was assessed a major for cross checking Pavelski and given a 10:00 game misconduct. Cody Eakin’s cross checking was not a vicious hit by any means, but Pavelski lost his balance and got tangled up with Stastny. Pavelski fell and hit his head on the ice were he laid motionless for a minute or two. The trainers came out to get him off the ice and he left a puddle of blood behind.
Don Van Massenhoven, the series supervisor, released a statement on the penalty:
“The Referees called a crosschecking penalty for infraction that caused a significant injury. In their judgment, the infraction and it’s results merited a major penalty.”
The penalty was the deciding moment of the game as the Sharks went on the 5 minute major. Fleury was a perfect 25 for 25 on his saves for the night. The Sharks went on to score 4 goals. The first goal came from Couture assisted Hertl and Labanc. The 2nd goal came immediately after making it 2 goals in in 3 shots. Hertl got his 2nd point of the game and was assisted by Labanc (2) and E. Karlsson. The 3rd goal came from Couture (2), assisted by Burns and Labanc (3). The 4th came just under 30 seconds later. Labanc notched his 4th point of the night and was assisted by Meier.
With 3:41 left in the period, the Sharks Labanc was called for hooking. The Knights pulled MAF at the end of their power play. The Knights Marchessault scored an unbelievable goal with just :47 remaining, sending the game into overtime. Smith and Stone both recorded their second assists of the game.
Over time was back and forth as both teams had their chances. Goodrow caught McNabb off guard getting around him and getting Fleury to open up as he went blocker side with the backhand game winner. The Golden Knights lost in OT for the second straight game, and with the loss will officially put an end to their second season.